We have a wild blackberry bush in our backyard and every summer, I look forward to picking fresh blackberries. Usually they never make it into the house because I can’t wait to eat them. Today, Squeaker decided she was going to “help” me pick some of the berries. And aside from the occasional red berry, she did quite well with plucking them off the bush. Now, while I love blackberries, Squeaker isn’t a fan. So she tends to just smash them in her hands. Once I saw how vibrant the purple hue was on her fingers, I grabbed her and ran back into the house for some cardstock to do natural fingerpainting with blackberries on the deck.
Squeaker, at times, has been a little squeamish about using fingerpaint so I was curious to see how she would react when I set the cardstock down for her.
Considering that her fingers were already stained a lovely purple hue from the blackberries, I shouldn’t have been too surprised when she got right to work. I think she was equally curious about the texture of the berries on the paper as she was spreading them between her fingers. So it would seem that we’ve found a new medium for her to try.
Granted, it means that those are blackberries that won’t make it into my tummy or into a dessert, but I think it was well worth it.
She enjoyed the moment and just creating. It held her attention far longer than using traditional/normal finger paint, anyway. So we’ll spend a little bit of our summer exploring more ways to fingerpaint naturally. It also got her to use both hands for fingerpainting. Normally she just uses her right hand and holds the paper with her left.
The color, when starting to dry, still remained in that beautiful purple hue.
I can see us using this for a later unit on colors or fruit, but for now this was a fun, “in the moment” experience.
Have your children used fruit to fingerpaint or paint with?
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